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FUSSY TIGER  (10 june 2006)

Suppose you buy a computer program with the exciting name X.

A week after you've bought the program, your pc breaks down beyond repair. So you'd go to the shop and buy yourself a new computer, or wouldn't you?

Of course, you want to install your program X again. So you insert the installation CDROM with X into your new computer.

But the program refuses to get installed. And you see a notice on the screen that the program was only valid on your old computer.

Am I making this up? 

I'm afraid not: two years ago I bought the Tiger chess program for a palmtop. And I received a key which I was told was valid as long as I would not change the name of the computer, which - with my usual lack of imagination - I had named overtom.

But as we all know, computers get obsolete. So yesterday I decided I should buy a better palmtop. And I wasted enough money to become the proud owner of a Sony Cli.


And I gave this new palmtop the name of overtom, just to be sure the Tiger chess program could be installed on it.

After loading the tiger software into the handheld computer, Tiger needed my key. Well, I had one, didn't I? So I typed it in.

"Wrong key!" Tiger bluntly responded.

I wasted some twenty minutes to find out that the program I'd bought only works on my old palmtop.

What can we learn from this: well, if you are ever offered a Tiger Chess program, you should realize it only works on the first piece of hardware you install it on, and no more than that.

If your palmtop breaks down the following day, you're unlucky twice. For not only have you lost your computer, but your software licence is also finished!

(For the message that I later received from Chess Tiger have a look at

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